4 items from 2012
The recent remake of the 1960s caper Gambit, starring Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Cameron Diaz, has drawn comparisons to the work to Blake Edwards, whose Pink Panther films continue to bring joy to millions. While Gambit’s reviews have been decidedly lukewarm it has performed fairly handsomely at the box office, meaning that it’s only a matter of time before Hollywood’s ruthless remake machine turns on Edwards’ back catalogue.
The question is: which of Edwards’ films could perhaps prove worthwhile as a remake? Obviously the Pink Panther series is out of the picture, at least for now, with the two Steve Martin films failing to set the world alight. And while there are many talented young actresses out there who could step into Audrey Hepburn’s shoes, a remake of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is unlikely considering the Oscar success of the original. At the very least, »
- Daniel Mumby
Steve Franken, who played the snobby, rich kid Chatsworth on the 1960s TV show The Many Lives Of Dobie Gillis, has died after battling cancer, the New York Times reports. He was 80. His wife says Franken passed away August 24 at home in Los Angeles. In a television and film career that spanned more than 50 years, Franken appeared on numerous TV shows including Bewitched, Love, American Style, The Lieutenant and Seinfeld. Franken was born in Queens in 1932, graduated from Cornell University and began his acting career on the stage in New York City. He nabbed the role of Chatsworth when he went to Los Angeles to appear in José Ferrer’s production of Edwin Booth. Franken’s film credits include The Party, The Fiendish Plot Of Dr. Fu Manchu, Which Way To The Front?, Hardly Working, The Missouri Breaks and The Americanization Of Emily. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Everybody's talking about Montreal-born film actress Jessica Paré and her recent turn as 'Megan', the new wife of advertising executive 'Don Draper', on the Season 5 premiere of AMC's "Mad Men", March 25, 2012.
The episode saw a record high of 3.5 million viewers, with Paré delivering the 1960's hit "Zou Bisou Bisou" at a square-looking birthday party for Don.
The blandness of the people attending Don's party, reminded some fans of Blake Edwards' 'swinging sixties' comedy "The Party", when Claudine Longet launched into the song "Nothing To Lose" for an equally bland audience.
- Michael Stevens
I recently re-watched Contagion, and i had a flashback to my original viewing of it… Many months ago I trekked to the local cinema with the wife for the perfect date movie – Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion. Sitting there in the ambient darkness, waves of trailers washing over me, something suddenly caught my eye. A family of two adults, and two young children, were making their way down the stairway and corralling themselves four seats in the lower corner of the room. Were they in the wrong screening? Lion King 3D was playing next door, maybe they’d gotten lost. Should I tell them? It would be irresponsible of me not to, right? No one (and I mean No One) wants to miss the opening of Lion King. A plethora of exotic wildlife painstakingly animated as they make a pilgrimage across the Serengeti to the banal sounds of Elton John’s »
- Brad Williams
4 items from 2012
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